Granite is the kitchen countertop standard. Just a few decades ago, granite only came in two colors and the price for either was steep. Nowadays granite countertops are found in most homes, including new condos and apartments. A large contributing factor is reduced cost and greater variety. Granite slabs are manufactured in dark tones, as well as in reds, whites, greens and more, making the natural stone capable of complementing or contrasting with most color palettes. Granite countertops can be a centerpiece element to the kitchen or elsewhere in the home as well. Thick granite slabs cut to precision offer edges that can amplify any modern design. In the same length, rounded edges and honed granite delivers a matte finish for a more traditional design. With its popularity, there are several unique designs and styles to choose from.